Sumedha Malaviya leads the energy efficiency practice at the World Resources Institute (WRI) India, and has more than seven years of experience in the climate change sector. At WRI India, she supports the implementation of the Global Building Efficiency Accelerator, one of the six accelerators under the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (UN SE4All) global energy efficiency accelerator platform. Prior to WRI, she consulted for ICF International (ICFI), where she worked on energy efficiency projects with a focus on appliance energy performance standards and labelling, and demand side management. Sumedha also works for a large regional program for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) called the Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program, which explores green growth.
Sumedha has also worked at the Center for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science (IIS) in a large multi-disciplinary team of climate scientists, policy analysts, meteorologists, and climate modellers. Her time at IIS was a valuable learning experience that taught her the beauty and importance of strong science-based thinking on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Sumedha spent close to two years researching biofuels, agroforestry systems, REDD, and climate change vulnerability and adaptation. During this time, she co-authored several papers for international peer-reviewed journals, including a book chapter published through Springer. Sumedha has supported several workshops, trainings, and technical assistance projects for program countries on implementing Low Emissions Asian Development Strategies or LEDS. Sumedha received a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Botany, both from TERI University.